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RATINGS: 708   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
The "Brewer’s Reserve" label is used only for limited edition beers. No time or expense was spared to create these beers! This is a good expression of our passion for brewing -- Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 Rerate: 12oz bottle, again courtesy of Schutzenliesel. Thanks, Tom! This is a different version than the first bottle I rated, and instead it matches the one in the RB picture. Pours an oily brownish-black color; khaki-colored head with solid retention at the edges. Plenty of chewy bourbon and burnt and roasted malts in the aroma; definitely an emphasis on the bourbon barrel, which shows predominantly charred, buttery oak. The mouthfeel is where this batch suffers significantly; rougher bourbon character than the toasty, vanilla-tinged bourbon I remember; much harsher and more astringent; makes one long for the soft, oak-chip quality of the other batch. Lots of charred malts and bitter chocolate coming through. A much rougher version of the original, still showing a solid and dense bourbon character, but a bit harsher.

12oz bottle, courtesy of Schutzenliesel (a freebie from our last tasting). Thanks a bunch, Tom! Pours a dark brown center; light tan head with beautiful lacing. Soft, toasty vanilla aroma: sweet bourbon and milk chocolate and marshmallow. Smells more like oak chips than a bourbon barrel, to be honest. Medium-to-full, chewy mouthfeel: light bourbon and vanilla notes, well-integrated with a light, milk-chocolate-dominated imperial stout; warm, oaky and marshmallow presence; again, I’m getting oak chips more than the typical complexity of barrel aging (seems too soft), but I’m still really enjoying this. Maybe I’m a bad person, but this is really soft, tasty, bourbon-tinged vanilla goodness. Lovely, layered stuff, with enough taste and complexity to justify itself. Lengthy, vanilla and milk chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2548) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2007
12 oz bottle courtesy of Chris via trade. Pours a very dark muddy brown color, tinkering on black, with a medium brownish beige head. Aroma of vanilla oak, coconut, baking chocolate and bourbon. Taste is of dark chocolate, vanilla abstract, oaked wood with a bourbon finish. Very good, yet slightly different tasting than other barrel aged stouts. Unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2007
Thank you again Badgerben for sharing this Central Wisconsin brew. Pours a semi opaque black brew with a tan head. Aroma of old oak, vanilla, some coconut, and (or course) bourbon. Flavor is of roated dark barley malt, vanilla, the bourbon and sweet chocolate. Very smooth mouth with a smooth aftertaste. I could not tell this had high alcohol until later.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (24495) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 7, 2007
Bottled (Thanks heemer77). Rubyish brown colour, small off-white head. Aroma is roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, ryebread and a bit barrel hints. Flavour is vanilla, alcohol, spices, some bourbony hints. Still a bit empty in my opinion. Hides the 9.5% well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (15622) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 7, 2007
Muddy brown, not much head. Mild vanilla and milk chocolate aroma. Starts a bit fizzy, then typical barrel aged flavors open up - oak, vanilla and in the aftertaste bourbon. Actually I was suprised to read later that this is 9.5 %, almost watery palate - barrel ageing makes this drinkable, base beer here is nothing special.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2007 Thanks badgerben for sharing. A wonderful bourbon aroma on this pitch black pour. A well balanced bourbon taste with roasted coffee hints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2007
Bottle from Ughsmash (thanks!). There’s no getting away from it - this beer smelt odd. The bourbon was there as expected. But the overpowering smell of meaty gravey granules and cabbage were not, I suspect, part of the brewer’s plans. It was so off I passed it to my wife to smell for a second opinion. She screwed up her nose and suggested "farts". Flavourwise there’s a nice buttery streak of caramel running through the beer, with refined chocolate and coffee hints. Ultra smooth mouthfeel with a dash of bourbon that gives a warm afterglow as it makes its way down the throat. OK stout, but the farty blowback every time I took a sip took the edge of the enjoyment factor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 Thanks to Badgerben for sharing. Likely an 04 vintage. Nice slightly red balck head with very little head. Very nice ripe fruit, caramel, toffee, candi sugar like sweetness. Wow! Great full mouthfeel with light carbonation and a nice ripe fruit sweetness and caramel is very dominanant. This is a wonderful beer that is not pure bourbon, bu tinstead is like a sweet stout with hints of caramel. This is frickin awesome.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2007
Tasted blind together with 4 other Bourbon Barrel aged Stouts - Brown body with a beige head; Unpleasant a bit sour, cardboard like with a very little cherry, strange!; Thin body, huge carbonation, sour and salty; Too long finish, sour, salty with some Bourbon aromas and quite a bit of alcohol. Not to pleasant and I guess (hope) broken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2007
Bottled. Dark reddish brown coloured. Light brown head. LIght coffee, light alcohol, ligth spice and chocolate. Is a bit sour and seems infected. Flavour as well has some sourness. Roast, light barral, light liqourice and some spice. Has some applenotes. Is quite light bodied. Ends on a light chocoroasted note. Nothing special. Tasted blind.

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